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  1. Mixed Signals in Second Life & Virtual Worlds: Buzz is All Over the Map

    There's been no shortage of news and buzz in the past two weeks as regards Second Life and virtual worlds in general. You'd likely see a variety of game types, giving people who really love games more choice, and opening up an entirely new realm of...

  2. The Google+ Controversy & Virtual Worlds – A Question Of Identity

    This, at its core, puts virtual worlds at odds with both Facebook and Google+ because they are trying to avoid fictional identities, and virtual worlds are loaded with them. The difference between Mark Twain (a pseudonym) and Huck Finn (a fictional...

  3. Security and Responsibility on the Virtual Frontier

    However, virtual worlds have an added twist. However, it's important to remember that even though Second Life is nearly 8 years old, in many ways it's still on the frontier of virtual commerce. This week has generated a lot of questions about the...

  4. Tis the Season to be Shopping: How Virtual Goods Are Impacting Holiday Shopping Culture

    Well, virtual worlds help solve that problem also. Virtual worlds also provide another opportunity to give to charity. This is one of the main reasons virtual worlds continue to grown and thrive- they allow for the interactive, social experience to...

  5. Virtuality & Mortality: Who Owns The Online Content We Create After We Die?

    Virtual Worlds are more Complicated My interest is in virtual worlds. While photos, videos and words certainly have value, virtual worlds also contain virtual goods. In the case of virtual worlds with a two-way cash exchange such as Second Life...

  6. The Revenue Stream: or, "You gonna pay for that porn, boy?"

    But the Lab couldn't risk potential legal action, and rumors began that the Australian government was planning to ban virtual worlds like Second Life outright on a country wide basis. A few weeks ago, my friend Mickey said (via twitter) 'wish LL...

  7. The Second Life Tinfoil Hat Theory Part 5: A Skylight Suddenly Appears (But Search is Still Broken.)

    People are still dubious about virtual worlds, despite the hard numbers of the virtual world economy. What also seems important to the Lab is to set itself up as a leader in the booming virtual goods market.